Easy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese (5 Ingredients Recipe)

Cheesy, comforting and absolutely delicious, Easy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect easy alternative the boxed varieties. With just 5 ingredients, these noodles are perfectly creamy and oh, so easy to make. Best of all, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

  • Author: Jessica
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American/Canadian


Units Scale
  • 1 pound uncooked macaroni noodles (or other small noodles)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine pasta, water, milk, Dijon, sea salt and garlic powder. Stir the pasta every few minutes, until the water begins to boil. Adjust heat as needed to maintain a rolling boil. Continue, stirring once or twice per minute, until the pasta is cooked.
  2. Remove pot from heat. If there is any excess water, remove it and reserve 1/2 cup of starchy water.
  3. Add the cheese to the pasta and stir. If the pasta sauce is dry, add starchy pasta water as needed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • Pasta – The type of pasta that you use can effect the cooking time. When you are choosing a pasta, look for one that lists the cooking time on the package at approximately 8 minutes. If your pasta lists a different cooking time, you may need to use more or less water to fully cook the noodles.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 483.89kcal
  • Sugar: 6.14g
  • Sodium: 681.43mg
  • Fat: 16.34g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.84g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.35g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.85g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 21.27g
  • Cholesterol: 47.1mg

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